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King’s hosts 6 local schools for East Kent Debating Competition

A number of our senior debaters chaired and judged as we hosted the East Kent Schools’ Debating Competition on Tuesday.

Over 30 pupils from six local schools—Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dane Court Grammar, Herne Bay High, Simon Langton Grammar School For Boys, Simon Langton Grammar School For Girls and St Lawrence College—enjoyed a busy afternoon and evening of debating.

The objective of the day was to encourage the establishment of debating programmes in outside schools while offering external pupils a chance to take part in a structured competition, helping them develop confidence as well as critical thinking and public speaking skills.

Two competitive rounds of competition preceded a supper in St Augustine’s Dining Hall and the final in the Gateway Chamber.

A motion of “This House Believes that the UK has a duty to send aid to foreign nations facing emergencies due to climate change” was hotly contested by Simon Langton Boys, Simon Langton Girls, Herne Bay High and Duke of York’s in the final, but it was Simon Langton Boys who came out victors. 

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